Tett Centre hosting holiday-themed shows and sales

Attendees encouraged to support local businesses

Image supplied by: Supplied by Michelle Reid
Lightscapes is one of many highlights.

The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning is hosting several holiday-themed shows and sales, with most events running through Nov. 28.

This new holiday initiative features three main events: the Kingston Potters’ Guild Christmas Sale, the Metal Rocks Show & Sale hosted by the Kingston Lapidary & Mineral Club, and Lightscapes, a solo show and sale put on by artist Michelle Reid.

In an interview with The Journal, Nicole Daniels, Interim Programming and Communications Coordinator, said attendees will receive a map and “passport” upon arriving.

“Every time you go to a room, you’ll get a stamp for that room. Every stamp that you collect counts as an entry into a raffle—all the participating organizations have donated prizes.”

These prizes include two tickets to A Christmas Carol courtesy of Theatre Kingston, a hand-woven bookmark and card from the Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners, a print of a piece done by Michelle Reid, and more.

Daniels explained that while all these prizes are great, the best reason to attend the holiday initiative is to support local businesses.

“It’s a time for our organizations to raise money to support [themselves],” she said. “I know everyone says, ‘shop local,’ but there is a lot of value in that.”

Referencing the Handloom Weavers & Spinners, Daniels explained they’re helping the environment by weaving their own fabric and spinning their own wool. Local production alleviates the need to have materials and products shipped in.

“You’re supporting business instead of giving all your money to billionaires and keeping your money in the local economy,” Daniels said. “The artists in this building are so talented.”

All the holiday initiative events are free to attend.

While the event is planning to take some walk-ins, those interested in attending the Potters’ Guild  sale are encouraged to register ahead of time to guarantee their spot due to the annual event’s popularity.

“All of their members are exhibiting work,” Daniels noted. “It’s everything from small-scale ceramic sculpture to bowls, kitchenware, vases. It’s really stunning.”

Daniels described Michelle Reid’s Lightscapes as another can’t-miss event.

“[Reid] does these beautiful, vibrant paintings,” she said. “Most of them are landscapes with these bright, shining lights coming through from the sun. I think a lot of them were inspired by getting out during the pandemic and being in nature.”

Other events and attractions to check out include exhibitions by Modern Fuel, showcases by the Tett’s Creativity Studio Artists, and the always-charming Juniper Café. 

The full events calendar is available online, as is further information on the raffle



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